Who We Are
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
Why Does Book Access Matter?
Academically, children growing up in homes without books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books, even when controlled for other key factors such as income and parents’ education. (M.D.R Evans et al, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, June 2010)
One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home. (McGill-Franzen & Allington, 2009). But up to 61% of low-income families do not have any books for their kids at home. (IEA Reading Literacy Study, 1996.)
Little Free Libraries play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce.
Millions of Books Exchanged Annually
Our staff is dedicated to increasing book access and forging community connections. We help people around the world start and maintain Little Free Library book exchanges. Watch the adjacent video to get a 30-second introduction to how Little Free Libraries work, and how you can start one, too!
We provide support to our volunteer Little Free Library stewards by providing free Library building instructions, online resources and ongoing support from Little Free Library staff, access to free or discounted books through our partners, and an online store that offers Library kits and pre-built Library models.
We also maintain a world map of registered Little Free Libraries to help people find and share books wherever they are, and we donate Little Free Libraries to communities where books are scarce through our Impact Library Program.
Sharing Network Stats
3 out of 4 people report they’ve read a book they normally would not have read because of a Little Free Library
73% of people say they’ve met more neighbors because of a Little Free Library
92% of people say their neighborhood feels like a friendlier place because of a Little Free Library
Statistics are based on an informal survey of over 3,000 Little Free Library stewards and fans conducted by Little Free Library staff in October 2017.
Milestones and More Information
Little Free Library is also the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize, Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers Award, the Women’s National Book Association’s Second Century Prize, the Force for Positive Change Award, and the Library of Congress Literacy Award.
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